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Neuropathic Pain Assessment Comparing Pregabalin and Paroxetine in Management of MS-induced Neuropathic Pain

Information source: University of Manitoba
Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on December 08, 2011
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.

Condition(s) targeted: Neuralgia; Multiple Sclerosis

Intervention: paroxetine (Drug); pregabalin (Drug); Paroxetine (Drug)

Phase: Phase 3

Status: Recruiting

Sponsored by: University of Manitoba

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Micheal P Namaka, PhD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: University of Manitoba
Dana A Turcotte, BSc Pharm, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: University of Manitoba

Overall contact:
Micheal P Namaka, PhD, Phone: 204-474-8380, Email: namakamp@cc.umanitoba.ca

Summary

This is a comparative drug trial involving patients with clinically definite Multiple Sclerosis and documented neuropathic pain. Patients will be randomized to receive treatment with either paroxetine or pregabalin. After dose titration, participants will complete various pain scale assessments at several points during the study in order to determine the effectiveness of their assigned pain medication.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Comparative Single Center, Randomized Neuropathic Pain Assessment Study Involving Patients With Clinically Definite Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Receiving Treatment With Either Pregabalin or Paroxetine

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Pain levels (as determined by weekly Visual Analogue Scale for pain)

Secondary outcome:

Short-Form 36 health outcomes survey (SF-36)

Short-form McGill Pain Questionnaire (SF MPQ)

Patient-rated Global Impression of Change (PGIC)

Detailed description: General Objective:

To determine the effectiveness of drug treatment in the management of MS-induced neuropathic pain.

Specific Objectives:

- Comparatively assess the effectiveness and safety profile of pregabalin (Lyrica) and

paroxetine (Paxil) in managing MS-induced neuropathic pain.

- Comparatively assess the effectiveness of pregabalin (Lyrica) and paroxetine (Paxil) in

improving the quality-of-life associated with MS-induced neuropathic pain.

Study Design:

A comparative single center, randomized, open-label study involving patients with multiple

sclerosis (MS) - induced neuropathic pain receiving treatment with either pregabalin

(Lyrica®) or paroxetine (Paxil®).

The study will run for approximately one year, requiring individual participants' involvement for 8 weeks.

Participant Selection:

Individuals with clinically definite MS presenting with symptoms of neuropathic pain (as determined by clinician) that express interest in the study will be screened for eligibility.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Patients presenting with symptoms of neuropathic pain as determined by clinician, with

a minimum VAS pain score of 40mm as determined by a baseline score (0mm = no pain, 100mm = worst pain).

- Male and female patients between the ages of 18 and 65 years old.

- Clinically definite multiple sclerosis as defined by clinical history review,

neurological examination and positive MRI.

- EDSS scores of < 6. 0.

- No known hypersensitivity to the study medications.

- Negative serum pregnancy test for all female patients of childbearing age; not

currently breastfeeding.

- Not currently treated with pregabalin, gabapentin, paroxetine or another SSRI.

- No previous treatment failures with pregabalin or paroxetine.

- Baseline creatinine clearance (Clcr) of > 50mL/min.

- No significant hepatic insufficiency.

- If on other pain medications, must be on stable dose for at least 6 months and other

medications must not elicit significant drug-drug interactions with study medications.

Study Procedures:

After obtaining informed consent (Visit 1), participants undergo various assessments, including pain/quality-of-life analyses (SF-MPQ, SF-36, VAS), physical/neurological exam and a standard blood test. Based on above inclusion criteria, participants will be randomized to either Group A (paroxetine) or Group B (pregabalin). Participants will be provided with prescriptions for assigned study medications as well as dosing instructions. A pain diary consisting of a single VAS scale will be provided to the participants, which are to be completed daily upon waking and should be used to rate the individual's average pain over the last 24 hours. Dosages of study medications will be titrated slowly over 3 weeks to lower likelihood of adverse events. After the three week titration phase, participants will return to the clinic (Visit 2) for a follow-up. Pain/quality-of-life assessments (as at Visit 1) will be completed again at this visit. In addition, average pain scores will be determined from daily pain diaries. Adverse events will be discussed and individual tolerability will be assessed. At this point, it will be determined if the patient will be maintained at the target dosage or if the dosage will be lowered to accommodate patient tolerability. Participants will be maintained at determined maintenance dose for 5 weeks, after which they will return to the clinic (Visit 3) for a final follow-up assessment. Participants will complete final pain/quality-of-life assessments, as well as the "Patient-rated Global Impression of Change". Adverse events and average pain scores will be reviewed. At the conclusion of the 8-week treatment phase, participants will have the option of remaining on their current study medication or be tapered off.

Eligibility

Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 65 Years. Gender(s): Both.

Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria:

- • Patients presenting with symptoms of neuropathic pain as determined by clinician,

with a minimum VAS pain score of 40mm as determined by a baseline score (0mm = no pain, 100mm = worst pain).

- Male and female patients between the ages of 18 and 65 years old.

- Clinically definite multiple sclerosis as defined by clinical history review,

neurological examination and positive MRI.

- EDSS scores of < 6. 0.

- No known hypersensitivity to the study medications.

- Negative serum pregnancy test for all female patients of childbearing age; not

currently breastfeeding.

- Not currently treated with pregabalin, gabapentin, paroxetine or another SSRI.

- No previous treatment failures with pregabalin or paroxetine.

- Baseline creatinine clearance (Clcr) of > 50mL/min.

- No significant hepatic insufficiency.

- If on other pain medications, must be on stable dose for at least 6 months and

other medications must not elicit significant drug-drug interactions with study medications.

Exclusion Criteria:

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Locations and Contacts

Micheal P Namaka, PhD, Phone: 204-474-8380, Email: namakamp@cc.umanitoba.ca

Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2, Canada; Recruiting
Micheal P Namaka, Phd, Phone: (204) 474-8380, Email: namakamp@cc.umanitoba.ca
Andy Gomori, MD, Sub-Investigator
Micheal P Namaka, PhD, Principal Investigator
Dana A Turcotte, B.Sc Pharm, Sub-Investigator
Additional Information

Starting date: November 2006
Last updated: March 24, 2011

Page last updated: December 08, 2011

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